Steven Agnew, the sole Green member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, successfully pushed for a moratorium on fracking. His motion (which he filed jointly with the Alliance party) won 49 votes in the Assembly last December, with 30 members voting against.
|Steven Agnew (r)|
Now the not-so-good news from Ireland's other jurisdiction. The fossil-fuel extractor Tamboran is pushing ahead with its plans to drill in Ireland's Bundoran shale and the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, has issued the company a licensing option. Rabbitte is a Labor member of the coalition government and his letter to the Irish Times last year suggests that the government is focusing more on short-term revenue concerns than on long-term climate impacts.
Let's hope for better news next St. Patrick's Day.